If you’re dreaming of having a beautiful smile and a life that's free from uncomfortable removable dentures, you're not alone. Nearly 70% of adults from ages 35 to 44 are missing at least one permanent tooth, and 26% of people aged 74 are missing all of them. The good news is that the All-on-4 treatment method can give you a reason to smile again. This dental technology gives you your smile back with replacement teeth that look and function just like natural teeth because they're secured in place with root-like structures.
What is the All-on-4 procedure?
When you get implants using the All-on-4 method, you can avoid going through invasive, expensive and time-consuming bone-grafting that would otherwise be needed to support traditional implant-supported replacement teeth. The All-on-4 procedure uses as few as four dental implants to support a full row of prosthetic teeth. It can be used to replace teeth on the bottom or lower jaw. These implants are strategically placed to engage the existing jaw bone, thus keeping it strong, and the implants share the load of supporting the bridge.
In many cases, you can get your All-on-4 dental implants in just one office appointment; you might have heard this described as "teeth in a day." After having the All-on-4 procedure done using local anesthesia, you get to go home that same day. Your new dental implants can be used right away to support a temporary bridge. You only need to wear the temporary teeth while you wait for your custom-made permanent teeth to be fabricated to fit perfectly over your new dental implants.
The All-on-4 process
Your dentist will customize your treatment plan for you, but in general, the All-on-4 process goes like this:
1. A dentist sees you for a consultation and detailed dental examination
2. Dental imaging will be obtained as needed
3. The dentist creates your implants plan based on your needs
4. The prosthetic teeth are fabricated
5. Oral surgery is performed. This typically takes about three hours per arch.